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Barclay Harless officially files to run for St Pete City Council District 2 seat

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Local community banker Barclay Harless officially announced his candidacy for the St. Petersburg City Council District 2 seat on Monday. The seat is currently held by Jim Kennedy, who is term-limited out this fall. “I believe that real leaders listen more than they speak,” Harless announced in a statement. “I vow to always listen to the families and small business owners of St. Petersburg. I know that together, we will meet the challenges that face our community and bring a…

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Barclay Harless announces run for St. Petersburg City Council

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Barclay Harless, a 31-year-old banker and former aide to state Sen. Darryl Rouson, will be running for District 2 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council next year. Harless announced Tuesday he will be seeking the seat currently held by Jim Kennedy, who is term-limited out of office next year. “We have a great city and we want to keep it that way and we want to improve upon everything that’s been built over the past two decades,” Harless said last week as to why…

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Uproar at Hillsborough DEC meeting; City Council, School Board members leave in disgust

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After a rough start, Hillsborough County Democrats re-elected Ione Townsend as party chair Monday night. A raucous first 50 minutes of the group’s reorganization meeting culminated in five Tampa City Council members and two Hillsborough County school board members leaving the hall in disgust when they were not allowed to participate in the Democratic Executive Committee election for local officers. In a related development that skewed the final tally of his race, Alan Clendenin, vice-chair of the Florida Democratic Party and…

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Alex Sink, Neil Brickfield endorse Joe Ayoub for Safety Harbor Mayor

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In a show of bipartisan support, former elected officials Alex Sink, a Democrat, and Neil Brickfield, a Republican, have endorsed Joe Ayoub for Mayor of Safety Harbor. Ayoub launched his campaign just a few weeks ago and is gaining strong momentum. Ayoub says he brings a record of balancing the city’s budget, working with fellow community leaders to solve issues and a commonsense plan for managing progress while maintaining Safety Harbor’s small town charm. “I support Joe because he has a…

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Rick Scott may serve as model, and warning, for Donald Trump

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He was opposed by the Republican establishment. During a contentious campaign, he spoke forcefully about the need to crack down on immigration. And he used millions of his own money to bolster his political career. President-elect Donald Trump? No, Rick Scott, the current governor of Florida. While they are oceans apart in temperament and public demeanor, Scott and Trump were both political neophytes who came from a business background and won elections despite being viewed as longshots unable to convince…

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In wake of loss to Donald Trump, Hillsborough County Democrats get surge of requests to join their party

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At their first event since being devastated by the results of the presidential election, there was literally not enough room to contain the number of Democrats who showed up at the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee meeting in Ybor City Monday night. A second room adjoining the main boardroom at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County facility was opened to contain the overflow crowd. “We’ve been inundated since the election,” said Ione Townsend, the chair of the Hillsborough County DEC. Although officially only 14…

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Joe Henderson: Facing many hurdles, Bob Buckhorn could make a good governor

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The rebirth of downtown Tampa brought inevitable speculation that Mayor Bob Buckhorn might parlay it into a shot at the governor’s mansion in 2018. The job obviously has appeal for someone like Buckhorn, who likes a big stage and challenge. Asking him to tip his hand about a possible run, though, has proved to be a necessary, but ultimately fruitless, endeavor. As he told Mitch Perry of FloridaPolitics.com Wednesday, “Like a lot of people who are contemplating the future, you…

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